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Students and Faculty Occupy Building in opposition to SWAT POLICE training on WSUV campus

(For Distribution on 1.18.10)
WSUV Students and Faculty Occupy Building to Protest MLK Day SWAT Training

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Posted 1.18.10 11:45am

We the student and faculty members of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice and Social and Environmental Justice Club on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver are now meeting in our building of work and learning.

We are here today as a direct response to the police, sheriff and SWAT training that has been scheduled to occur in our building concurrent with the campus's prescheduled Martin Luther King Day events happening elsewhere on campus.

Campus police have "requested" that we vacate the building in order to accommodate this training, ostensibly designed to prepare law enforcement to respond to a Virginia Tech type tragedy.

We feel that this training is in direct opposition to the strategies and philosophy of Martin Luther King. We know that if he were here with us today Martin Luther King would challenge the claim that this type of militaristic civil drill is an effective avenue for addressing acts of violence.

A far more pragmatic and effective response—and certainly more consonant with MLK's commitment to nonviolent social change would be to invest in a fully funded community mental health care system and to challenge the progressive militarism of civil society in the United States.

One of our colleagues with us today is alum of Virginia Tech and completely opposes this training.

Our intention is to remain throughout the day in the building to teach, study and reflect on the revolutionary message of peace, justice, and nonviolent avenues for effecting social change.

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Contact information:


Adam Carpinelli:  axc_jumanne@yahoo.com

Taj Mahon-Haft;  tajmahal@vancouver.wsu.edu; (509) 432-4556

Sky Wilson:  sky.wilson519@gmail.com; (360) 223-1397

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"At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality" ~Ernesto Che Guevara

Social and Environmental Justice Club
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington 98686

email:  social.environmental.justice@gmail.com
myspace:  http://www.myspace.com/wsuvsejc

Update from campus 18.Jan.2010 12:17

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

just talked with a teacher inside

45 cops with high powered rifles "running around"
SWAT wanted to use building the activists were in ...but moved ops to Admin building
(activists been there since 6am)- SWAT showed up after 6am

The doors are marked (closed) where police are at/inside
Lots of cars and multi agency all over

Activist informed it was just Sheriff agency doing drill (not!)

The Campus Administration is in full co-operation with this drill on Martin Luther King Day

KION - FOX - KATU - were all there and have "LEFT"
...once the corporate press left - bigger guns were out on display

The REAL DRILL is suppose to start around 2PM for a simulated "Role Play"
There may/will be blanks (non-live rounds) fired at this time

The campus is still has open access

I was told to contact a PH number (off the) previous posted alert to have someone meet me if I was going to show up

MORE INFORMATION 18.Jan.2010 12:20

Joe Anybody

previous and original post from indy media yesterday is here

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/01/396720.shtml

UPDATE "Students and Faculty Occupy Building" SWAT TRAINING at WSU 18.Jan.2010 12:22

joe anybody (repost) 12:00 noon

UPDATE "Students and Faculty Occupy Building" SWAT TRAINING at WSU 18.Jan.2010 11:26


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(For Distribution)

WSUV Students and Faculty Occupy Building to Protest MLK Day SWAT Training

We the student and faculty members of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice and Social and Environmental Justice Club on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver are now meeting in our building of work and learning. We are here today as a direct response to the police, sheriff and SWAT training that has been scheduled to occur in our building concurrent with the campus's prescheduled Martin Luther King Day events happening elsewhere on campus.

Campus police have "requested" that we vacate the building in order to accommodate this training, ostensibly designed to prepare law enforcement to respond to a Virginia Tech type tragedy. We feel that this training is in direct opposition to the strategies and philosophy of Martin Luther King. We know that if he were here with us today Martin Luther King would challenge the claim that this type of militaristic civil drill is an effective avenue for addressing acts of violence.

A far more pragmatic and effective response—and certainly more consonant with MLK's commitment to nonviolent social change would be to invest in a fully funded community mental health care system and to challenge the progressive militarism of civil society in the United States.

One of our colleagues with us today is alum of Virginia Tech and completely opposes this training.

Our intention is to remain throughout the day in the building to teach, study and reflect on the revolutionary message of peace, justice, and nonviolent avenues for effecting social change.

Contact information:

Adam Carpinelli:  axc_jumanne@yahoo.com

Taj Mahon-Haft;  tajmahal@vancouver.wsu.edu; (509) 432-4556

Sky Wilson:  sky.wilson519@gmail.com; (360) 223-1397

"At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality" ~Ernesto Che Guevara

Social and Environmental Justice Club
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington 98686

email:  social.environmental.justice@gmail.com
myspace:  http://www.myspace.com/wsuvsejc

test 18.Jan.2010 14:41

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4 PM update 18.Jan.2010 16:56

Joe Anybody

Activist-student-teachers have left, Police still visible "inside the admin building" running by windows with "guns drawn"

The event is somewhat low key - 50 police cars in the parking lot

Innocent citizens strolling through campus unaware

High-stakes drills going on inside building

People seen on adjacent roof ... but looks like those may be maintenance workers (no uniforms)

video coming soon to portland indy media and will be posted on this link as well.

Martin Luther King Holiday picture 18.Jan.2010 18:00

Ben Waiting

Looking past a poster of Martin Luther King you see a WSUV administration door, with a (closed for police training placard on the door) with two sheriff officers (w/gun) standing inside
MLK picture with WSUV SWAT training
MLK picture with WSUV SWAT training

MLK birthday pics 18.Jan.2010 20:17

Ben Waiting

Picture of training going on inside school
WSUV police training pic1
WSUV police training pic1
WSUV police training pic2
WSUV police training pic2
WSUV police training pic3 police filming
WSUV police training pic3 police filming

VIDEO: Interview, outside the building looking in 18.Jan.2010 22:30

Joe Anybody

Video interview standing outside the building where the training is going on, with Taj who has been at the school all day:

Part 1.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2mG2XBNv_Q

VIDEOS: 2 additional videos from the campus 19.Jan.2010 01:38

Joe Anybody

2 more videos from the campus

#2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnpswzA8ymA
Interview with a teacher

#3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pcn8oPVAVE
The effects on the public

Video: Full Version 36 min 31.Jan.2010 20:54

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

I have recently posted the full version on Archive .org

 link to www.archive.org